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Foundering: Notation on the Forgotten - 30x60-masculine-art-sailor-navy-veteran-red-cross


Foundering: Notation on the Forgotten - 30x60-masculine-art-sailor-navy-veteran-red-cross Collage

Adam Collier Noel

United States

Collage, Digital on Other

Size: 60 W x 30 H x 2 D in

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This is a very cool piece inspired by an antique, handwritten medical journal. I tore the pages apart and used them as the base collage. The images of the sailors were transferred on top of the collage and the resin crosses were tinted with pigment and stenciled on the surface. The crosses are actually raised from the surface. The whole piece is mounted on a high quality, hand-built cradled panel. About the doctor and his journal: Nelson Demosthenes Gaddy was born in 1832 in southern Indiana. After completing medical school the young graduate enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War and quickly climbed to the rank of Captain. During the only Confederate attack in Indiana it was Nelson Gaddy’s troops who helped to repel the invasion led by General John Hunt Morgan of the Confederate States of America. Near the turn of the century Dr. Gaddy traveled to London by sailing ship to attend an International Medical Conference in London. He took notice of the refined men of status and class carrying gold-tipped canes. When it was announced that he would meet Queen Victoria, Dr. Gaddy would shake her hand while holding newly purchased gold-tipped cane. Throughout his life and career Nelson kept a journal with him at all times. This handwritten medical journal is the base layer of Foundering: Notations of the Forgotten. Initially, I felt nervous about ripping apart this man’s life record on paper; however, I felt it was more important to honor Nelson’s accomplishments and contributions to this country in a work of art that will live on forever. This piece is ultimately commemoration of the life and sacrifice of those who came before us. It serves as a reminder of the importance of paper as a record of human history, and the fleetingness of a life reduced to ephemeral moments.

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Collage:Digital on Other

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:60 W x 30 H x 2 D in

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Throughout his education Adam Collier Noel worked to combine diverse materials and techniques with various photographic processes. ​The subject matter incorporated into the artwork is often appropriated from his extensive collection of one-of-a-kind antique daguerreotypes and mid-century snapshots. Each photograph in his acquisition is chosen because of its ability to simultaneously mirror intimate and universal facets of the human experience. “In a day and age when we are constantly being bombarded with immeasurable amounts of new imagery, I have chosen to create new art forms using vintage photographs that have been forgotten, lost or disregarded. This ambiguous, yet familiar collection of snapshots I have assembled traverses universal cultural themes such as nature, science, history and the physical form. My photography-based mixed media artwork relies heavily on the appropriation of these found images and their relationship to the contemporary world through the lens of popular culture.” Employing a combination of technological and traditional processes in his paper-based creations gives Adam Collier Noel the opportunity to reinterpret the original history of the found image through an enhanced narrative. His inspiration is derived from the meaning inherent in the found images, as well as the materials with which he pairs them. Blue prints, letters of correspondence, receipts, book pages, etc. are often layered with the photographs to reflect the importance of paper as a transcript of human history and a place where ideas are written and discoveries are documented. Building upon the rich history of the image creates a transcendence of time and a revitalization of the past, “Much of my work is about optics, ways of seeing and the grand tradition of photography. By appropriating and repurposing found images I give them a new life and a new narrative. I have often expressed that I may not necessarily be the photographer of these relics, but through my artistic interpretation I feel I am their curator.” Recently, Adam Collier Noel traded representational imagery for bold abstraction in a new series of colorful paintings. Using his familiar grid composition, Noel explores formal compositional elements and color theory applications to achieve a rhythmic balance pleasing to the eye. He explains, “The grid has always been a consistent element throughout my artwork. It is a way of bringing order to chaos and organization to disarray.

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